Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Meaning: Differs from the reference object (reference). The object does not have to exist for an expression to have a meaning. Words are not related to objects in a one-to-one correspondence. There is an important distinction between word meaning and sentence meaning. See also use theory, sentence meaning, reference, truth.
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Field, Hartry
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Meaning II 161
Def quasi-translation/Def quasi-meaning/FieldVsChurch/FieldVsSchiffer/Field : this is what most mean by meaning - not a literal translation but the use of the words by the interpreter in his own language at the time in his actual world - comparison is preserved even in the quasi - translation , not in a literal - sententialism/ sententionalism / Field: thesis when we say someone says that snow is white , we express a relation between the person and the set of - 1 quasi- translation and quasi- meaning rather than literal - 2 " La neige est blanche quasi- means the same as # snow white # - (# ) stands between # , to ( quasi-) translated- in the quasi - translation, the meaning is obtained quasi-
II 167
intentional meaning / Field: it is completely empty – Example suppose we wanted a theory of intentional meaning, then we also needed one of their combinations – we also need a theory of the corresponding truth cond. - problem : if we set up a theory here , it is not completely trivial, that the intentional meaning of " Plato " is just Plato! - we need an extra explanation - that would solve nothing – it would only bring problems – better instead : compositional theory of expressions ( not of meanings )

Fie I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Fie II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-26